Here are some safety tips that consumers should keep in mind this holiday season:
*Balloons – Children can choke or suffocate on deflated or broken balloons. Keep deflated balloons away from children younger than 8-years-old. Discard broken balloons immediately.
*Small balls and other toys with small parts – For children younger than age 3, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.
*Scooters and other riding toys – Riding toys, skateboards, and in-line skates go fast, and falls could be deadly. Helmets and safety gear should be worn properly at all times, and they should be sized to fit.
*Magnets – High powered magnet sets are dangerous and should be kept away from children under 14. Building & play sets with small magnets should also be kept away from small children.
Once gifts are open:
*Immediately discard plastic wrapping or other toy packaging before they become dangerous play things.
*Keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings.
*Battery charging should be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to young children. Pay attention to instructions and warnings on battery chargers. Some chargers lack any mechanism to prevent overcharging.